Even those with a compact kitchen can find room for a small wine cooler. These low-profile wine fridges make storing and maturing a modest collection of reds and whites a possibility. Although you are somewhat limited when it comes to capacity and certain features, small wine coolers are a very affordable alternative to more substantial refrigeration units. Unsure of what to look out for when shopping for compact coolers? We have put together a handy guide of what you should bear in mind when browsing the market for small wine cooler models.
It will come as no surprise that smaller wine coolers offer limited bottle capacity. Generally speaking, the most compact wine coolers will allow you to store around a dozen or so bottles of your favourite tipple. However, this is not set in stone. You will also find small wine fridges suitable for placing atop kitchen counters that can comfortably accommodate up to 18 individual bottles. If you are significantly short on space, you will also find much smaller models that can house around seven bottles.
Shape & Dimensions
The vast majority of small wine coolers will be rectangular or square in shape. They usually take up no more square footage on a counter than the average microwave. If you are looking to place a wine cooler on a kitchen counter and have cabinets overhead, make sure you opt for a shorter, cube-shaped model. You will also find taller fridges available that are narrower in width, but offer more vertical rows for stacking and storing wine.
To ensure your wine is kept at ideal conditions, always keep things simple when it comes to thermostat controls. A pared-back control panel with soft-touch buttons is all you need, allowing you to make adjustments in temperature in either direction. An auto-lock feature is also useful if you are worried about your temperature settings being disturbed accidentally. A memory function will also ensure your appliance restarts at your preferred temperature settings in the event it is unplugged or suffers an unexpected power outage.
Other Useful Features
Integrated lighting is always a welcome feature, although it is not a given when it comes to smaller wine fridges. If you are only storing a very small selection of wines, you do not necessarily need an internal light. However, when it comes to displaying your wines in a stylish way, LED lighting is always desirable.
The vast majority of wine fridges usually include a glass panel in the door, but as with lighting, such a feature is not a given when it comes to smaller models. If you are investing in a wine cooler with a paned door, UV-resistant glass is always advisable. This will ensure your wine is protected against harmful UV rays that are known to damage the tannins in wine. If you value flavour and aroma, the last thing you want is let the sun at your favourite reds and whites.
Looking for a compact fridge for storing your wine collection? Read on for our pick of some of the best small wine cooler models currently available.
Nutrichef PKCWC120 Refrigerator-White & Red Chiller Countertop Cooler
Compact convenience is the name of the game with this first class wine fridge from NutriChef. If your kitchen is short on space, this 12-bottle wine cooler offers a discreet way to keep your favourite whites and reds at a consistent temperature. The interior of this fridge includes five individual wine racks that can be reorganised at will, while a bottom standing rack is also included so you can present your premium wines in all their glory. Despite its small size, this wine cooler more than delivers when it comes to temperature performance. An integrated compressor with advanced cooling technology keeps your wines at your preferred temperate, with very little discrepancy to ensure the flavours and aromas of your favourite vintages are preserved. This fridge offers a temperature range of 41 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit, with simple adjustments and quick cooling action so you can change settings whenever the mood takes.
A child safety auto lock is also included as standard. The control panel will automatically lock after twenty minutes of inactivity, ensuring your preferred temperature settings are not accidentally adjusted. The control panel itself is housed on the outside of the fridge itself, meaning you do not have to open the fridge door and disturb the internal temperature to make adjustments. Ultra quiet operation is also assured with this compact wine cooler. The reinforced glass door and airtight seal creates an efficient sound buffer, while also helping keep temperatures at optimal levels at all times.
18 Bottle Wine Cooler Refrigerator – White Red Wine Fridge Chiller Countertop Wine Cooler
This NutriChef wine cooler might be on the smaller side, but it offers more bottle storage capacity than comparable models on the market. This fridge offers space for up to 18 individual bottles of wine, with four removable chrome racks and a bottom standing rack for showcasing the prized bottles in your collection. This fridge includes a built-in circulation fan and ventilation grill, ensuring your set temperatures remain consistent and your wine collection is stored correctly for long periods of time. The advanced compressor fan cooling technology also makes this fridge a particularly quiet choice, meaning it will not disturb you in the kitchen or any other room you place it.
Temperatures can be adjusted from 41 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit, providing sufficient range for storing a wide variety of reds and whites. You also have the option to display temperature levels in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Touch-screen controls make adjusting temperature levels incredibly simple, which is essential if you need to chill down your favourite whites prior to serving. An integrated blue LED light is also included as standard, granting you clear visibility of your collection. The freestanding design of this fridge makes it a versatile addition to any kitchen, while the compact dimensions make it ideal for placing atop your kitchen counters and other surfaces.
Ivation 12 Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler Refrigerator w/Lock
This 12-bottle wine fridge from Ivation combines practical features with first-rate functionality. While some other small fridges struggle to deliver consistent and reliable temperatures, this Ivation model will more than deliver in this regard. Innovative compressor technology ensures your chilled temperatures remain unaffected by external heat sources. An impressive temperature range of 41 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit allows you to store a wide variety of wines, including sparkling whites. The built-in fan helps to maintain a constant temperature throughout the entirety of the fridge interior, ensuring every bottle in your collection maintains incredible flavours and aromas.
This compact wine cooler also features a UV-resistant glass door with a double-paned design. This ensures harmful UV rays will not penetrate through the fridge door itself, keeping your delicate reds and whites protected. This also helps maintain consistent temperatures at all times. Integrated LED lighting is also included as standard here. The soft blue light can be triggered manually, making this fridge an energy-efficient option. The bright LCD display and soft-touch controls make adjusting temperature incredibly easy, while a manual safety lock keeps your wine collection out of reach of little ones.
16 Bottles Thermo-electric Wine Cooler
This wine cooler is one of the more compact options in this list. The cube-shaped design and discreet dimensions make it a particularly good option for much smaller kitchens, especially if you have overhead cupboard above your counters. Despite being relatively compact in nature, this wine fridge provides an impressive storage capacity. This cooler will comfortably store 16 individual bottles of wine. There are three chrome racks that can be easily removed to provide more interior space should you need it, while a bottom rack provides space for up to four bottles.
Touch-sensitive controls on the outside of the fridge housing provides easy access to temperature settings, with a clear LCD display giving you clear oversight of internal conditions. This fridge offers a decent temperature range of 52 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Compared to other options on this list, this range is somewhat limited, however it is more than enough to properly store red wines varieties.
Cuisinart CWC-1800TS 18-Bottle Private Reserve Cellar, Black Wine Refrigerator
This Cuisinart wine chiller is a stylish and practical option for those with less available space in their kitchen or dining room. What sets this fridge apart from other options on this list is its tall and narrow design. All in all, this fridge provides space for up to 18 bottles of your favourite wine. There are nine individual chrome racks inside which have been designed to accommodate 750ml ad 1500ml wine bottles alike. The racks are expertly contoured to ensure your wines are stored in an ideal position, ensuring minimal interaction with corks to ensure flavours and aromas are preserved.
This wine chiller is particularly energy-efficient. Thermoelectric cooling technology is on hand to ensure temperatures are correctly maintained at all times, while also ensuring minimal operating noise. This fridge offers a very good temperature range of between 39 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, providing you with more than enough flexibility to store a variety of whites and reds. The lower limits of the temperature range also makes this an ideal choice for those looking to store sparkling wines. Touch-screen controls allow for easy adjustments to temperature, while also allowing you to activate the interior light. A double-paned viewing window also allows complete visibility of your collection, while also ensuring internal temperatures are preserved at desired settings. The tall rectangular design of this fridge makes it a particularly good option for kitchens with more awkward nooks and crannies.
Smad 19 Bottle Freestanding Wine Cooler with LED Display & Glass Door & Adjustable Shelves Quiet for Bars, Home Kitchen, Hotels, Black
This compact wine cooler from Smad is definitely worth looking into if you are keen to build up a wine collection, but only have a small kitchen. Despite its compact shape, this wine fridge offers ample space to house up to 19 individual bottles of wine. The stainless steel wine racks are contoured for secure bottle storage and are also removable so you can reorganise your contents at will. This fridge offers a good temperature range of 39 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing to store, reds, whites and sparkling wines with ease.
This compact fridge is also an energy-efficient choice. Not only will it consume less energy than other options on the market, it also runs relatively quietly, with just 39 decibels of sound at standard operation. Temperatures can be easily adjusted thanks to the user-friendly controls, while the LED display provides you with reliable readings on set temperatures. An integrated blue interior light is also hand to showcase your wines in style. This compact fridge is also very robust in its design. The stainless steel frame features adjustable legs for maximum stability on a wide variety of surfaces, while a double-paned glass door helps maintain internal temperatures at consistent levels.
24 Bottle Wine Cooler Refrigerator
This first-rate wine fridge from NutriChef proves even the most compact coolers can offer impressive storage capacities. This stylish fridge makes a great first impression with its slick black finish and double-wide design. Inside you will find ample space to store up 24 bottles of your favourite wine. An advanced compressor and fan cooling technology ensures set temperatures are maintained at consistent levels through the entirety of the interior of the fridge. The superior cooling technology also ensures this fridge operates relatively quietly, ensuring minimal disturbance at all times.
A temperature range of 41 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit provides enough scope for storing a selection of reds and whites, although those who enjoy sparkling white might want store such bottles in the fridge for a little while prior to serving. Touch-screen controls on the outside of the fridge allow you to easily adjust temperature, with a highly-visible LCD display providing precise readings at all times. An integrated LED light also allows you to see exactly what you have stored in your fridge. This compact fridge is also surprisingly robust and will stand firm on any surface. An invisible door hinge and slick aluminium also makes this wine cooler a very attractive choice.